Viewing a User’s Managed Objects

Posted: January 14, 2010 in Active Directory, Networking, Server, System Information
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You want to view the objects that are owned by a user.


Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open ADSI Edit.
  2. If an entry for the naming context you want to browse is not already displayed, do the following:
    1. Right-click on ADSI Edit in the right pane and click “Connect to….”
    2. Fill in the information for the naming context, container, or OU you want to add an object to. Click on the Advanced button if you need to enter alternate credentials.
  3. In the left pane, browse to the naming context, container, or OU of the object you want to view. Once you’ve found the object, right-click on it and select Properties.
  4. View the managedObjects attribute.

Using a command-line interface

> adfind b “<UserDN>” managedObjects

Using VBScript

‘ This code displays the

managed objects for a user


strUserDN = “<UserDN>” ‘ e.g. cn=jsmith,cn=Users,dc=rallencorp,dc=com


on error resume next

set objUser = GetObject(“LDAP://” & strUserDN)

Wscript.Echo objUser.Get(“cn”) & “‘s

Managed Objects:”

colObjects = objUser.GetEx(“managedObjects”)

if Err.Number = -2147463155 then

Wscript.Echo ” none”


for each strObjectDN in colObjects

Wscript.Echo ” ” & strObjectDN


end if


The managedObjects attribute is linked to the managedBy attribute that can be set on certain objects in Active Directory like computers, OUs, and groups. Setting the managedBy attribute provides a quick way to define who owns an object. If you do use it, you can use the managedObjects attribute on user, contact, or group objects to get the list of objects for which the user has been configured in the managedBy attribute.

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